Grants Awarded

To date we have awarded grants approaching one million pounds. In 2016/17 we awarded the second largest amount in our history and we are committed to continuing to grow this year on year. We have identified below a selection of our grant giving projects.

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Educational Grant

From our inception we have sponsored educational grants to exceptional individuals whose personal aim is to impact positively on the health and wellbeing of people within Tower Hamlets and Newham.  During 2016/17 we supported a very special woman who lives on the Isle of Dogs and works in the Public Health Department in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to successfully complete her MSc in Public Health.  We have also part funded another female medical student who is resident in Tower Hamlets for 2017/18.

CanDo Projects led by Island House

In both 2016/17 and 2017 we have granted funds to Island House who lead the CanDo Tower Hamlets Borough wide initiative. Implementation of this programme continues into 2018/19. The initiative offers £500 start-up support and free training to grassroots project volunteers and groups who reach and support local communities to improve their physical or mental health and wellbeing. IHT also contribute towards the continuing employment of the community facilitators.

Our aim is to evaluate this work with Island House and their partners so we can identify how these potential fledgling projects may be able to create future employment within the Borough.

Supporting young people with training in vehicle maintenance

We are helping fund the cost of a workplace coordinator for a local charity which provides education and support for young people undertaking courses in vehicle maintenance. The coordinator bridges the gap between training and the work environment, arranging work placements with local employers and helps to develop basic employability skills like teamwork, communication and confidence.

Working in partnership with the young person and their family this support and guidance enables disadvantaged youngsters to achieve qualifications and skills which can ultimately lead to successful full-time employment.

Befriending the elderly

We have funded a volunteer organisation enabling 15 local residents to become telephone befrienders to the elderly. The organisation currently delivers services to 200 older local people across Tower Hamlets. The grant has allowed them to increase the number of people they support and provide the training and skills needed by tele-befrienders. The aim is to reduce the loneliness and isolation of the elderly and thus improve the health and wellbeing of some of the loneliest residents of Newham and Tower Hamlets.

The relationship between loneliness and health is now much better understood and recent reports indicate loneliness can have a similar negative impact on an individual’s health status to smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

Employability for non-English-speaking residents

We are financially supporting a project which aims to improve the employability of residents in the boroughs for whom English is a second language. Predominantly Bangladeshi women, these residents struggle to find employment or to access local services which can often lead to health and wellbeing issues. By providing them with guidance, general education and language lessons along with interview skills sessions, the aim is to build their confidence and allow them to engage better with the wider community.

Work experience for younger residents

We fund a partnership initiative providing pre-employment and work experience to residents aged between 18 – 24. The aim is to support youngsters who want to work in administrative positions within the NHS, construction and the creative industries by equipping them with the necessary skills. The scheme combines mock interviews and CV writing workshops with a two-week placement in the workplace. Based on their performance, successful candidates are then offered a 12 month paid apprenticeship with a reputable employer.